Study Nature

By Gertrude Stein 1874–1946 Gertrude Stein
I do.   
    Victim.
    Sales   
    Met   
    Wipe   
    Her   
    Less.
    Was a disappointment
    We say it.
                     Study nature.   
    Or
    Who   
    Towering.
    Mispronounced
    Spelling.
    She   
    Was   
    Astonishing
    To
    No   
    One   
    For   
    Fun
                     Study from nature.   
    I
    Am   
    Pleased
    Thoroughly
    I
    Am   
    Thoroughly
    Pleased.
    By.   
    It.
    It is very likely.
                     They said so.
    Oh.
    I want.   
    To do.
    What
    Is
    Later
    To
    Be
    Refined.
    By   
    Turning.
    Of turning around.
                     I will wait.

Gertrude Stein, “Study Nature” from The Yale Gertrude Stein (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980). Reprinted with the permission of Mr. Stanford Gann Jr., Levin & Gann, P.A., Literary Executor of the Estate of Gertrude Stein.

Source: The Yale Gertrude Stein (Yale University Press, 1980)

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Poet Gertrude Stein 1874–1946

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

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From the time she moved to France in 1903 until her death in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1946, American writer Gertrude Stein was a central figure in the Parisian art world. An advocate of the avant garde, Stein helped shape an artistic movement that demanded a novel form of expression and a conscious break with the past. The salon at 27 rue de Fleurus that she shared with Alice B. Toklas, her lifelong companion and secretary, became a . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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